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Palace, Congress agree on target bills

MALACAÑANG and Congress last Monday agreed on 28 legislative priorities for the term of President Rodrigo R. Duterte that ends in mid-2022, the National...

France disputes Duterte on human rights

FRANCE ON Wednesday rejected claims by Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte that people were guilty until proven innocent in its legal system, as it...

Duterte: Ombudsman meting ‘selective justice’

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral Reporter PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday slammed anew the Office of the Ombudsman for supposedly engaging in “selective justice” as...

Trust in gov’t highest since 2011: survey

By Patricia B. Aquino Interaksyon THE PEOPLE’S trust in the government is at its highest since 2011, according to the fifth Philippine Trust Index (PTI), a...

On being a Filipino-American in Europe

If you’re Pinoys traveling through Europe with US passports, you invariably get asked interesting questions by locals, like this casual conversation with a fellow...

Government keeps ‘very good’ satisfaction

By Rosemarie A. Zamora THE PUBLIC’s satisfaction with the national government stayed “very good” last quarter under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, with...

Executive, legislative leaders to fine-tune list of priorities

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral Reporter THE LEGISLATIVE-EXECUTIVE Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) will convene today for the second time under the current government to agree on...

Business interest still ‘high’ but reality bites

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter AN INITIAL SURGE of investor confidence in the current administration has started to ease more than a year after...

President cites ‘reports’ linking CCT funds to arms purchase by Reds

SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA -- Following the rejection of his Left-leaning Social Welfare chief, President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday said he has received reports...

Duterte hints at investigation on gov’t official’s luxurious travels

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Aug. 22, said the government is looking into the expensive travels allegedly made by...

Duterte reaffirms justice for slain teenager, resolution of BoC corruption

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral and Kristine Joy V. Patag Reporters PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday said he will not justify the Aug. 17 killing...

President reassures cops: ‘I will protect you’

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Wednesday said there will be no letup in his brutal war on drugs and vowed to protect cops carrying...

Duterte signs law for free tuition in state colleges

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday signed a new law that grants free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUCs), despite the warnings...

Bangsamoro draft bill now in Senate, House

A draft bill of a law that will grant an autonomous homeland for Muslims in Mindanao has been submitted to Congress, pending sponsorship, a...

Duterte suspends GOCCs’ compensation scheme

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has issued an order suspending some provisions in the Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) for government-owned and controlled corporations...

Monitoring Team cites draft BBL, Marawi crisis among key development in...

THE Third-Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) in its fourth annual Public Report issued Friday, July 28, cited the still unresolved siege of Marawi City alongside...

Gov’t tags ‘left-oriented’ lumad schools but Palace qualifies Duterte’s remarks on...

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral, Reporter Malacañang and the military on Friday, July 28, said President Rodrigo R. Duterte did not intend to bomb schools...

Chinese foreign ministry affirms anew ties with PHL under Duterte

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral, Reporter CHINA’s top diplomat conveyed his “staunch” support for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to chart an independent foreign policy...

Malacañang: CHR officials may be ‘replaced’

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral Reporter MALACAÑANG ON Thursday sought to explain the administration’s plan to abolish two government agencies whose key functions run counter to...

Duterte hits SC on RH law but case now at FDA

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24, criticized the Supreme Court (SC) for not lifting...

SONA pushes select bills, warns miners

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday asked courts not to block development projects and pressed the Senate to approve the first...

American lawmaker to lead protest against Duterte if he visits US

AN American lawmaker vowed to lead a protest against Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte should he pay a visit to the United States. Massachusetts Representative...

Duterte plans to increase taxes on mining

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said that he eyes an increase in taxes paid by mining companies. During a speech at a conference...

The NPAs are next, Duterte says

By Jil Danielle M. Caro THE communist New People’s Army is next on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s list as soon as the armed forces is...

Duterte says he declared martial law to avoid impeachment

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said that he declared martial law to avoid the risk of impeachment. In his speech during his visit at Camp Ranao,...

AirAsia’s Fernandes wants travel tax on outbound Filipino tourists removed

By Carmelito Q. Francisco, Correspondent DAVAO CITY -- AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Anthony Francis Fernandes is urging the Philippine government to look into scrapping...

LEDAC lists 13 bills as ‘urgent’

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral Reporter THE CORE committee of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) has endorsed 13 bills -- including a tariff on rice...

Philippines, Japan firm up infrastructure partnership

THE COUNTRY’S economic team and its Japanese counterpart moved to streamline infrastructure implementation as they firmed up the list of Japan-funded projects during their...

JBC releases shortlist of bets for new SC justice

THE Judicial Bar Council (JBC) during its regular meeting on Friday released a shortlist of 8 qualified applicants -- from the previous 13 --...

DBM hoping for 2018 budget approval by October

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is optimistic budget legislation for 2018 will be passed by October, alongside the...

Dealing with Duterte

Streetwise By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo We have been getting “I-told-you-so” and “why-do-you-still-put-up-with-him” reactions from quite a number of well-meaning people here and abroad after President...

Bad news for the peso

Corporate Watch Amelia H. C. Ylagan President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office was unfortunately marked by a devalued peso, which fell by 7.33% to P50.53...

‘Awesome’ to ‘dangerous’: Political leaders rate Duterte’s first year in power

POLITICAL leaders allied with and opposed to President Rodrigo R. Duterte also marked his first year in office with their respective statements on Friday. Former...

Small power politics at play in dispute

By Francis Anthony T. Valentin, Special Features Writer THE WEST PHILIPPINE Sea, or South China Sea, is a major trade route, a source of potentially massive...

Taxis seek fair shake after disruption

ASK TAXI DRIVERS and they will unload a litany of complaints on how Uber or Grab (or both) have been competing unfairly, no thanks...

Insecurity driving China’s hostility in territorial rows, secessionist areas

By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr. ON OCCASION, a fraternity gets big enough such that its members begin to establish cliques of their own, causing disunity...

Multinational corporations in the Philippines: What do they want?

By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr. CAPITAL AND INVESTMENTS are like water — they go where they are welcome and accommodated. Small water tributaries merge with...

How the millennials are influencing industries across ASEAN countries

By Erika Denise L. Dizon, Special Features Writer MAKING SENSE of the younger generation is a reality that not everyone can fully grasp. Amid an integrated...

Filipino warmth brings higher sales

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin, Senior Reporter SELLING the unique Filipino experience to the world helped pave the success stories of local companies that made it...

Jollibee aims to be in world’s top 5

By Keith Richard D. Mariano JOLLIBEE FOODS CORP. (JFC), the biggest fast food chain in Asia, remains focused on expanding abroad to reach another milestone:...

Philippines: ASEAN’s investment hub

By Keith Richard D. Mariano, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES is proving to be a critical investment gateway to the emerging Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market,...

Cheap rice or costly chicken nuggets?

By Janina C. Lim, Reporter A SHOWDOWN looms among the President’s men over the ticklish matter of prolonging the country’s rice quota. Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary...

How migration drives the world economy

MIGRATION is a key feature of a more interconnected world. Despite significant concerns about its economic and social implications, the movement of people across the...

Harnessing our growth momentum

Below is the keynote speech which he delivered at the Conrad Manila during the BusinessWorld-PAL ASEAN Regional Forum held last Nov. 24. Fernando Zobel de...

Is the Duterte gov’t on the road to reversing gains of...

By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr. The stock market is one of several indicators that show how an economy or a country is doing because it...